One of the easiest ways to save money on a hotel stay is with AAA. While it won’t save you a fortune, many of the major hotel chains offer AAA members 10% off their best available rates. Generally my strategy with hotel stays is locking in flexible rates far in advance (typically using the AAA rate, since it comes with flexible cancelation policies), and then closer to the stay I sometimes switch to a pre-paid rate. I like to have that flexibility in case my plans change, and also because hotels often drop rates as your stay date approaches.
Anyway, technically the rate terms when you book the AAA rate state that you’ll need to present your identification at check-in. However, I can’t recall ever being asked to show my AAA card. Ever, anywhere in the world.
Well, until today. Upon checking into an airport Sheraton the front office agent said:
“You are a AAA/CAA member?”
“May I see your card?”
To be honest, I’m not even positive that I’m a member right now. I think I am as I always renew when they email me, though I don’t have a valid card on me, and it’s not something that’s really at the top of my mind at any given point. I checked my wallet, and I had a AAA card in there that expired in 2012. So I flashed that at her, and she said “thank you.” I guess that did the trick.
Now that I’ve been asked once after hundreds of hotel stays, I’m curious if my experience up until now has been an exception, or if others have similar experiences.
If you book AAA rates with any frequency, have you ever been asked by a hotel to present your membership card?